Chevrolet Bel Air, 1956 MY 2400 2403; 56-1019D

The Bel Air is a road car from Chevrolet, with rear wheel drive, a front mounted engine and a 4 door saloon body style. It forms part of Chevrolet's 2400 family of cars. Power is supplied by an overhead valve, 4.3 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder powerplant, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 205 bhp (208 PS/153 kW) at 4600 rpm and 363 N·m (268 lb·ft/37 kgm) at 3000 rpm respectively. The engine transmits power to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic gearbox. It weighs a quoted 1515 kg at the kerb.

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Chevrolet Bel Air, 1956 MY 2400 2403; 56-1019D information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
5017 mm
How heavy?
1515 kg
What size engine?
4.3 litre, 4344 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
208 PS / 205 bhp / 153 kW @ 4600 rpm
How much torque?
363 Nm / 268 ft.lb / 37 kgm @ 3000 rpm

Chevrolet 2400 models

Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4626 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4626 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 3856 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 3856 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1615 kg
Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 4626 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4626 cm3 274 PS 270 bhp 201 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 4344 cm3 164 PS 162 bhp 121 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 4626 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4626 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3OD 4626 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4344 cm3 164 PS 162 bhp 121 kW 1606 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 4626 cm3 287 PS 283 bhp 211 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 3856 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1656 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 4626 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 4626 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW 1657 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 4626 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 4626 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4626 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW 1615 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4626 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4626 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 4626 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3M 4626 cm3 287 PS 283 bhp 211 kW
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3M 4626 cm3 274 PS 270 bhp 201 kW
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3M 4626 cm3 248 PS 245 bhp 183 kW
Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon -
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3OD 4626 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3M 4626 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon -
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3OD 4344 cm3 164 PS 162 bhp 121 kW
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3M 4626 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3M 3856 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1632 kg
3 door estate/​station wagon FR 3OD 4626 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW

Similar models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5276 cm3 203 PS 200 bhp 149 kW 1983 kg
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 2A 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 2A 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 2A 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 2A 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 2A 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 2A 4417 cm3 196 PS 193 bhp 144 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5234 cm3 211 PS 208 bhp 155 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5234 cm3 211 PS 208 bhp 155 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4OD 3781 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW 1803 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 3781 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW 1814 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5204 cm3 208 PS 205 bhp 153 kW
sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4100 cm3 193 PS 190 bhp 142 kW
sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5189 cm3 208 PS 205 bhp 153 kW 1601 kg
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4750 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4750 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4750 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4750 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4750 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4750 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4750 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4750 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4750 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2921 mm 115 inches
Track/tread (front) 1473 mm 58 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1492 mm 58.7 inches
Length 5017 mm 197.5 inches
Width 1854 mm 73 inches
Height 1575 mm 62 inches
Ground clearance 203 mm 8 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.72
Kerb weight 1515 kg 3340 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 60.6 litres 13.3 UK Gal 16 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 4.3 litre
4344 cc
(265.087 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 95.25 × 76.2 mm
3.75 × 3 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.25
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(gross)
208 PS (205 bhp) (153 kW)
at 4600 rpm
Specific output
(gross)
47.2 bhp/litre
0.77 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(gross)
363 Nm (268 ft·lb) (37 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque
(gross)
83.56 Nm/litre
1.01 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.25:1
Fuel system 1 Carter WCFB 2351 S carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1050.1 kPa (152.3 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 543 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 137.19 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
100.9 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
135.31 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.06 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 9.91 kg/kW
16.55 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 5.400
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 5K x 15
Wheel size rear 5K x 15
Tyres front 6.70-15-4
Tyres rear 6.70-15-14
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.70
general
Carfolio.com ID253264
Production total
Model code 2403; 56-1019D
Model family 2400
RAC rating 45.0
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air added 2011-08-17.
Last modified 2013-02-28.